Orioles' Cabrera starts six-game suspension for throwing at A-Rod

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera began serving his six-game suspension Friday for throwing at the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez after the ruling was upheld by Major League Baseball.

"Cabrera will throw a side-line on Wednesday, and pitch the first game of the spilt doubleheader a week from Saturday against Oakland," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before Friday night's game against Tampa Bay.

Cabrera, 8-8 with a 5.24 ERA in 28 starts, was also fined for throwing a pitch at Rodriguez's head in the eighth inning of a game on July 29. Cabrera was ejected.

"The way I'm looking at it is, although we don't agree with it, we don't think he was intentionally throwing at anybody, we have to accept it and move on," Trembley said.

Cabrera had been scheduled to pitch Saturday. Chris Waters move up one day to replace Cabrera on Saturday. Brian Burres will get the start on Sunday.

Also, Orioles closer Chris Ray, who had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Aug 16 last year, 2007, will not join the team when rosters expand Monday. The right-hander is pitching in minor league games.

"He's done a great job," Trembley said. "He's going to have a normal winter of rest, and come to spring training and go from there. There's no purpose in him joining us for September."

Outfielder Adam Jones, on the disabled list with a foot injury, is expected to be activated Monday. He ran the bases and took batting practice on Friday.

Closer George Sherill, out with a shoulder injury, said he is scheduled to play catch Saturday and Monday and then could be ready for a bullpen or batting practice session.